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Mission San Jose

6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78124 (Harlandale)
210 229 4770
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Ranked #4 of 198 attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Historic Sites
Activities: Getting married
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this... more » Owner description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass. « less
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Ashland, Oregon
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82 reviews 82 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I grew up in California and visited our missions many times. It was interesting to see the differences in how the missions were constructed, run, and restored (California does to support its missions and most are run as local parishes and on donations, this was a National Historic Site). The interpretive exhibits were well done and you really get a... More

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My family enjoyed learning about the history of San Antonio from the various guides throughout and the visitor center. They especially enjoyed the Grist Mill since they had no idea how tough it was to make flour.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I sincerely appreciate learning about America diverse history. It makes us who we are today. If you can go when mass isn't going on you will see the inside of the beautiful church. Make sure to wear insect repellent!! The mosquitos are invisible!

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

After seeing the Alamo we stopped by the Visitors Center to see which other missions were nearby. . . the employees were very helpful but she made sure we knew that Mission San Jose was not to be missed. Very thankful she stressed that. We were in awe when we arrived, it's gorgeous and so neat to be able to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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130 reviews 130 reviews
66 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is not to be missed. It is a large mission with wonderful chapel (and still part of an active parish in which it is located). Great movie before going to the mission sets the stage and gives background of the area. Has wonderful façade and bell tower. Has area where workers lived still intact as well as places for... More

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Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

restored perfectly. Guide in mill house Mr Byrd was knowledgeable and willing to share with enthusiasm. Chapel was awe inspiring. If you love history, you will never forget this place.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Peaceful! Beautiful! Engaging and informative! When in San Antonio, visiting the Alamo is required but visiting Mission San Jose is a delight. Be sure to see the informative and balanced film at the visitors center. Visit the website and note the times for a ranger guided tour. They do a really great job of sharing the mission of the Mission... More

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Toronto, Canada
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Can't say enough of the beauty and the architecture. Kids got a lesson in history. Would love to go there again.

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Sarasota, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Enjoyed just walking around learning about the history of the place. Alot of small little shops run by locals. very nice.

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Central Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I believe this is the most complete mission on the Mission Trail through San Antonio. Visitors can walk freely about it and explore. The chapel is the treasure; it is quiet lovely. Just be careful to peek in before entering; we walked in on a wedding in progress. The visitors' center as you enter shows an excellent film about mission... More

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